Director James Whale’s unmistakable touch is evident all over this early horror classic, bringing the same class and majesty to this adaptation of H.G. Wells’s classic novella that he brought to 1932’s “The Old Dark House,” 1931’s “Frankenstein” and its 1935 sequel “Bride of Frankenstein.” Whale does something truly incredible here, bringing to vivid life an uncinematic concept with confidence, using revolutionary special effects and the vocal talents of leading man Claude Rains to create a malevolent, surprisingly lethal central villain that registers genuine menace from beginning to end. Truly a classic to be experienced by serious cinema fans.
Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)
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